Reader Question  I am moving from my one bedroom apartment to a new location coming up at the end of next week. I'm am ADD and cannot seem to figure out how to pack odds and ends type of stuff so that I can find them easily after I move. Any helpful advice? Sincerely, Ken Ritter Our Response Hi Ken, Thank you for your letter. Moving can be a challenging and overwhelming process no matter who you are. With that being said, having ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) doesn’t have to make this task more of a challenge. Here are some tips to help you with packing your odds and ends. 1. Label your boxes. Before packing, label your boxes according to the room where the items will be stored. For example, Kitchen A, Kitchen B, Kitchen C, Bedroom A, Bedroom B, etc. If possible, visit your new location before you move so you can label the rooms. This way, you or the movers will know exactly where to put the boxes. Avoid, if possible, putting two rooms of stuff in any one box. It’s better to have an extra box, even if it’s not filled all the way. 2. Sort your stuff. Once your boxes are labeled, all that’s left is to sort your stuff into them, including your odds and ends. 3. Use your computer. To help you remember the box you packed specific items in, use a spreadsheet (Excel) or a word processing document (Word). In the first column, type the name of the item (crockpot, for example). In the second column, type the box it’s in (Kitchen C, or Bedroom 1). Once you’re moved in, you can use the automatic “find feature” on either program to help you locate what you’re looking for quickly and easily. 4. Open immediately. Make one box marked “Open Immediately.” This box should contain anything you absolutely need on your first day or night in your new home, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, non-perishable snacks, bottled water, your razor, a roll of toilet paper, a fresh towel, and any other necessities. Reader Clinic Submittal Have an organizing question? We'd love to hear from you. Please fill in your answers to all questions below. Then press SEND. If your browser does not allow you to use forms, just type all of your answers in an email and send the email to Your tips and ideas may be printed in one of our future newsletters as a featured Reader Tip. In addition, it may be published in one of our future books, with your name, city and state! By submitting this form, you agree to allow us to reprint your tip(s) or idea(s) in our future publications. Be sure to read our newsletter each week to find out if your tip was chosen to be featured. Thank you! Maria Gracia To submit your Organizing Question, please fill out the form below: All fields are required










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